By John Edgar Tidwell, Steven C Tracy
John Edgar Tidwell and Steven C. Tracy have introduced jointly for the 1st time a book-length choice of severe and theoretical writings approximately Sterling A. Brown that recovers and reasserts his carrying on with significance for a latest viewers. Exploring new instructions within the learn of Brown's lifestyles and paintings, After wintry weather contains new and formerly released essays that sum up modern methods to Brown's multifaceted works; interviews with Brown's neighbors and contemporaries; an up to date, annotated bibliography; and a discography of resource fabric that innovatively extends the research and instructing of Brown's acclaimed poetry, specially his Southern street, concentrating on recordings of people fabrics proper to the subject material, variety, and which means of person poems from his oeuvre.
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Extra info for After Winter: The Art and Life of Sterling A. Brown
Brown, then, was born a beneﬁciary of the moral dilemmas prompted by this complicated social history. He inherited both the frustrated desire for full citizenship and the racial strength to defy efforts to dehumanize African 6 introduction Americans. For most of his life, he confronted those who would demean the race, but he also celebrated the resiliency that enabled his people to survive and even thrive. In a literary and cultural expressivity that continues to attract the attention of appreciative scholars and admirers, Brown lives on as a principal ﬁgure in efforts to reclaim and make whole the fractured sense of African American humanity.
And so it is epoch-making to have developed a poet whose work, to quote a recent criticism, “has no taint of music-hall convention, is neither arrogant nor servile”—and plays up to neither side of the racial dilemma. For it is as fatal to true poetry to cater to the self-pity or racial vanity of a persecuted group as to pander to the amusement complex of the overlords and masters. I do not mean to imply that Sterling Brown’s art is perfect, or even completely mature. It is all the more promising that this volume represents the work of a young man just in his early thirties.
Stephen Henderson’s seminal discussion of Brown and the spirit of the blues is the earliest published post-1930s essay reprinted here, a scholarly work that deals insightfully with the ways that Brown’s work manifests elements of the folk tradition. It both connects with and deepens the work of previous discussants. Henry Louis Gates’s review of Brown’s Collected Poems, a volume that helped introduce a greater number of Brown’s poems to a wider audience, builds on the discussions of Johnson and Locke.